The past five years has seen a glut of imports trying to get a foothold in the buoyant British motorhome market, but Chausson is already a fairly well established brand with over a dozen dealers across the UK.

Typically, for a French manufacturer, its main focus is low-profiles where the most popular motorhomes in the British market are priced between £38,000 and £45,000. The new Chausson Allegro 94 has a conventional layout with some noticeable design flourishes – in particular the two large, lounge rooflights– and some eye-catching specification, of which the electric bed-lowering mechanism is the most notable. As part of the Trigano Group, Chausson should be able to offer more equipment at a lower price thanks to bulk purchasing power. And this motorhome is, with a couple of exceptions, fully equipped to drive away with pre-wiring/preparation reducing the cost of many of the popular extras. It is more expensive than some of its competitors, though probably not sufficiently to affect most buyers. What is crucial is whether the sense of value, practicality and comfort makes the Allegro 94 a ‘must-buy’. With so many ‘vans offering virtually identical floorplans, it’s a tall order.